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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (231 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: H. W. Brands Narrator: Chuck Montgomery Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Lone Star Nation is the gripping story of Texas’ precarious journey to statehood, from its early colonization in the 1820s to the shocking massacres of Texas loyalists at the Alamo and Goliad by the Mexican army, from its rough-and-tumble years as a land overrun by the Comanches to its day of liberation as an upstart republic.

H. W. Brands tells the turbulent story of Texas through the eyes of a colorful cast of characters who have become a permanent fixture in the American landscape: Stephen Austin, the state's reluctant founder; Sam Houston, the alcoholic former governor who came to lead the Texas army in its hour of crisis and glory; William Travis, James Bowie, and David Crockett, the unforgettable heroic defenders of the doomed Alamo; Santa Anna, the Mexican generalissimo and dictator whose ruthless tactics galvanized the colonists against him; and the white-haired President Andrew Jackson, whose expansionist aspirations loomed large in the background. Beyond these luminaries, Brands unearths the untold stories of the forgotten Texans, the slaves, women, unknown settlers, and children left out of traditional histories, who played crucial roles in Texas’s birth.

By turns bloody and heroic, tragic and triumphant, this riveting history of one of our greatest states reads like the most compelling fiction, and further secures H. W. Brands’ position as one of the premier American historians.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “H. W. Brands is a master storyteller. Richard Norton Smith, author of the Pulitzer-Prize finalist Thomas E. Dewey and His Times and Patriarch: George Washington and the New American Nation

    Critical Acclaim for the celebrated The Age of Gold
  • An engrossing, multifaceted history. . . . Its author, like the miners of the gold rush themselves, leaves no stone unturned. Janet Maslin, New York Times
  • Dazzling. . . . Even California reviewers have gritted their teeth and handed Brands, an acclaimed popular biographer of Benjamin Franklin, some Texas-size praise. Los Angeles Times
  • “There’s only one thing to say about a book that brings the twin touchstones of T.R.’s vigor and Franklin’s humor to bear on the Golden State, and that’s ‘Eureka!’ San Francisco Chronicle
  • Critical Acclaim for The First American, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize
    The New Yorker
  • A Franklin to savor. James Grant, Wall Street Journal
  • In his clear and sprightly biography, H. W. Brands . . . recovers the actual Franklin who lived—before his memory became a bourgeois icon and was later, like all icons, trivialized. Alan Taylor, The New Republic
  • “Benjamin Franklin’s life is one every American should know well, and it has not been told better than by Mr. Brands. Bob Trimble, Dallas Morning News
  • “A fine, robust telling of one of the greatest adventure stories in history. David McCullough, Pulitzer-Prize winning author of John Adams

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Petri Charlie | 2/18/2014

    " Brands quotes more from actual documents than other authors that I have read on the same subject. The author reproduces a portion of a report from an official of the government of Mexico dated 1830, for example. Further, he does not merely idolize the individuals behind the Texan Revolution against Mexico, he shows their flaws as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Randy Daugherty | 1/23/2014

    " This was a good book, telling the story of the founding of the State of Texas up to the Civial War and including lots of facts and tidbits of all the major and even minor Characters that played such a vital role in the birth of Texas as part of the United States. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by James White | 1/12/2014

    " A great book! Hard to put down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kate | 1/3/2014

    " A good narrative of the story of the Texas fight for independence and the path to statehood. Fairly informative but not dry. "

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